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Old 02-07-2019, 08:51 AM   #1
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Spartan Guage Problems

The other day, after airing up the rig, we started driving and the air gauges kept registering low, setting off the buzzers. Very annoying.

We stopped for fuel. Upon filling up and leaving, the buzzers kept going and the fuel gauge only read 3/4 full. After driving about 50 miles, the gauges started working normally. We stopped later in the day, and when we started again, the gauges acted up again.

Has anyone had any experience with this or any ideas for a fix? I called Spartan and the guy said it sounds like a lose ground. Since we are traveling a lot right now, I will have to wait to take apart the dash but thought I would ask all of you.
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Our 2007 MADP K2 does the flaky gauge thing about every so often , ours usually is the 12 VDC gauge, it will go to zero, the low voltage light will illuminate and the lamp will catch my eye when it happens. There are no other issues and aren't any load buzzers . I've poked around for the elusive ground , and gave up , eight years ago. Yours sounds a bit more annoying. It's a lot of taking dash cluster stuff apart , start with the easy to get at grounds outside on the dash driver side and in the electrical cabinet and check for corrosion and fastener security. Happy hunting.
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Not a fix but on mine I can silence an alarm by pressing the "SET" button under the speedo.
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Not a fix but on mine I can silence an alarm by pressing the "SET" button under the speedo.
Hmm! I'll try that! And thanks for the other replies also. I'll be looking when I get a chance.
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Hmm! I'll try that! And thanks for the other replies also. I'll be looking when I get a chance.
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To be clear, on mine (Spartan with round gauges), the "SET" button silences alarms that are displayed or phantom ... like the low air alarm while airing up or a phantom check engine with no code.
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Our 2007 MADP K2 does the flaky gauge thing about every so often , ours usually is the 12 VDC gauge, it will go to zero, the low voltage light will illuminate and the lamp will catch my eye when it happens. There are no other issues and aren't any load buzzers . I've poked around for the elusive ground , and gave up , eight years ago. Yours sounds a bit more annoying. It's a lot of taking dash cluster stuff apart , start with the easy to get at grounds outside on the dash driver side and in the electrical cabinet and check for corrosion and fastener security. Happy hunting.


My 08 KSDP does the same thing. Battery grounds were tightened and it happened 1-2 more times a year later. I may have fixed it when I changed coach batteries.
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To be clear, on mine (Spartan with round gauges), the "SET" button silences alarms that are displayed or phantom ... like the low air alarm while airing up or a phantom check engine with no code.
Well, I found out that as long as the air stays low, the set button shuts off the alarm. As soon as one gauge goes into the "air ok" zone and then drops low again, the buzzer goes off again. So, as long as they stay above the "ok" zone or below, we have silence. Moving back and forth between that point is very noisy and annoying. I'll see what I can find today.
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Well, I found out that as long as the air stays low, the set button shuts off the alarm. As soon as one gauge goes into the "air ok" zone and then drops low again, the buzzer goes off again. So, as long as they stay above the "ok" zone or below, we have silence. Moving back and forth between that point is very noisy and annoying. I'll see what I can find today.

I have some documentation for Ametek Dixon NGI instruments. I have some Spartan info on various Message Centers. If anyone needs them, send me a PM with your email address and I'll send them.


BTW, it's pretty easy to remove the cluster (5 screws) and easy to replug the connectors.
When I replaced the starter, I found a bunch of grounds on a frame stud behind the starter. I cleaned all and it resolved a slow crank of the Genset. Bad grounds are a bummer !!
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